Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Koreas begin talks on factory park

Suh Ho, head of South Korea's working-level delegation, left, with North Korea counterpart Park Chol Su in Kaesong (AP/Korea Pool vis Yonhap)

Officials from North and South Korea have met in a North Korean border town to discuss how to restart a factory complex they ran until it was shut down in April.

The shutdown at the park just over the heavily armed border came during high tensions that followed Pyongyang's third nuclear test in February.

North and South Korea agreed over the weekend on a desire to restart work there and are now discussing details about how to do that.

The complex at Kaesong combines South Korean know-how and cheap North Korean labour. It was the countries' last remaining major co-operation project.

Representatives of South Korean factories at Kaesong also went to the complex to inspect factory equipment that had been left idle during the shutdown, during the peninsula's rainy season.

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